Living in urban areas are congested with vehicles passing by and large industries as well as the smoking population is quite high, making most of us can not be separated from the problem of air pollution caused by dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. With the exposure is so high, it is not surprising that the body will be susceptible to health problems.
Numerous studies have shown a direct relationship between declining levels of air quality with health problems, especially skin health. This is because the skin is the outermost part of the body and the first to be exposed directly to the environment. Material contained on pollution is not just simply stick to the skin, but also gone deep into the pores.
Particles contained in the particulate has a very small size, even 20 times smaller than the pores so as to enter into the deepest layers of the epidermis will be very easy. "Pollution damage the collagen and the layers in the skin that works to maintain the skin," says Zoe Draelos, M.D, a professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
In line with this, other studies also describe the adverse effects of air pollution on the skin. In another study, it was found that the effects of air pollution can be worse impact on skin condition, but is not visible directly. One of them is the reduction in the skin's ability to repair itself so as to make it look dull and less luminous.
Particulate air that gets into the skin can also clog the pores and hair follicles. It can cause infection of hair follicles (folliculitis), acne, blood circulation to the skin becomes poor, and swollen skin. As a result, our skin look dry and dull as well as being more prone to damage.
Because of the bad effects of air pollution on the skin it is, then it is time for us to focus on keeping the skin from exposure to pollution and restore moisture. The trick is to diligently wash your face twice a day. Make sure the soap used is a facial soap that can lift pollutant particles from the surface of the skin without making the skin becomes dry and irritated.
Use moisturizing every day on a regular basis will also help to replace the skin's natural moisture levels were missing from the skin due to exposure to air pollution. Last but not least, make sure you maintain moisture and skin health from the inside with plenty of water consumed. May be useful